RETRIEVER UPDATE: After holding American University below 40 percent shooting from the field, UMBC slipped back and host Morgan State hit 23 of 38 shots (60.5 percent) in a 75-62 win on Dec. 18. In both games, UMBC trailed by 20+ points, trimmed deficits to single digits before succumbing down the strech. Junior guard Chris De La Rosa (team-high 14.6 ppg) had an outstanding week, averaging 19.0 points and 8.0 assists per game.
IRISH UPDATE: Notre Dame is off to a 10-1 start, including wins over America East favorites Maine (97-72) and, most recently, Stony Brook (88-62). The Irish feature eight players at 6-foot-8 or taller, including forward Tim Abromaitis, who averages 15.6 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds per outing. Guard Ben Hansbrough leads a potent and balanced attack with 15.8 points per game. Baltimore-area freshman Eric Atkins (Mount St. Joseph) has played in all 11 games and the guard averages 7.0 points per game.
Who's Up Next: UMBC plays its final game of the 2010 calendar year and ultimate non-conference game on Dec. 30, when they host Niagara (7:05 p.m.). The Retrievers open America East play by hosting Stony Brook on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 5:05 p.m.